The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya

A Mayan-inspired refuge written in the stars

Upon opening in March 2023, The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya immediately captured attention. One reason is its unique architecture, which consists of three circular shapes floating above a wild red mangrove as a reflection of the Pleiades constellation visible from this same site every December.

Imagined by Edmonds International, The St. Regis features an array of amenities synonymous with its name, while at the same time tapping into local culture, namely the Mayans’ astronomical advances. The property is almost entirely beach-view, fanning out in elevated loops framed with paneling for added shade and a cooling breeze. It looks like an ultra-modern spaceship touching down in the land of the ancient Mayans.

The St. Regis also inaugurated the region’s newest luxury area, Kanai, in a private beach cove next to UNESCO World Heritage Site Sian Ka'an Reserve. The seclusion encourages you to unwind and relax, as do the large-scale and open-plan organization of the property. Onsite dining establishments and amenities are discreetly tucked away to maintain design harmony. And when you want some sun, the beautiful sand and beach club and expansive pool area await.

Accommodations swing around two half-moon circles, with an additional area for residences. Rooms are outfitted in materials found in the Riviera Maya, as well as textiles inspired by local culture. Each comes with a balcony and bathtub, while the ground-level rooms also have a private plunge pool. Upgrade to a suite for a large patio with an outdoor shower, hammock and pool.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The heart of the Riviera Maya hotel is Plaza de la Ceiba, a large garden and event space that functions as an outdoor lounge. A ceiba stands at the center — the tree is regarded as a connection to the celestial and the underworld by the ancient Mayans.
  • Architect Michael Edmonds studied the region, the culture and local inspirations for the property's avant-garde design, including an open skylight feature for viewing the Pleiades, and imbued each space with meaning. He also designed The St. Regis at an energetical center, around which the property circles spiral.
  • Built above a protected mangrove, The St. Regis is dedicated to local biology with a consulting biologist and incredibly lush local vegetation. In many ways, the entire property feels like a sensory jungle garden.
  • The St. Regis Bar is a stunning 20-person bar with a beautiful mural by a local artist from Tulum depicting different stages of the sun throughout the year. Order the Kanai Mary, a local take on the bloody mary that incorporates corn, peppers and cucumber, all ingredients from the ancient Mayan diet.
  • Be sure to visit the spa to try the Mayan-inspired treatments and the outdoor hydrotherapy facilities and pools.

Things to Know

  • The property sits in a private part of a 620-acre reserve, offering a feeling of disconnect and privacy that’s rare in the region. Guests are invited to visit the two neighboring properties and their dining establishments.
  • The luxury hotel features eight restaurants and bars that cover beachside dining, regional cuisine and more. The highlight is Toro, a Yucatecan-style home where you enter a tropical garden and enjoy a bar with national spirits, a dining room and a terrace.
  • Choose between adults-only and family-friendly pools. Amenities include air-conditioned pool cabanas available for rent with butler service, an adjoining sports bar and an adult entertainment area.
  • The children’s club is included in your stay. It will keep kids occupied with an array of sensory activities inspired by Mexican culture and the region.
  • A dock connects the property to various aquatic activities and expeditions on the Mexican Caribbean.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Paseo Kanai 15, Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77730
CUN (26-50 min)  
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